I finally finished reading The Hobbit just in time for the final film of the trilogy to come out (The Battle of Five Armies). I thoroughly enjoyed, in fact it fitted into place of my Top five Books of 2014 list which you can see here!
Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R Tolkien
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin (UK)
Bilbo, a Hobbit (who don’t have adventures), is visited by the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves who seek a fourteenth member (to avoid the unlucky number) for their journey to steal the treasure from the dragon Smaug. Though reluctant at first, Bilbo is convinced in part by the trickery of Gandalf to join the unexpected party. He is taken, literally from his comfort zone, off to discover things he knew of only from old tales. Bilbo’s adventure takes him face to face with trolls, goblins, a riddling creature named Gollum, elves and of course the dragon. He learns the value of adventuring and of course returns home the greater for having gone of this journey, bringing back with him, not only treasure but a magic ring of invisibility. Yes, the ring which will become the focal point of The Lord of The Rings.
The main character in this novel is Bilbo Baggins, who joins a group of dwarves. Amongst the dwarves is Bombur, who has to be my favourite character! He adds humour to a ‘serious’ adventure. I also, of course, love Gandalf. I never know where he pops up from when they are travelling, but always seems to create some magic to help them on their way!
I would say this was quite a tough read. It took me roughly about 2 months to read, but I was reading other books at the same time. I kind of read some, and left it for about week, but eventually finished it.
Overall, this was a fantastic book. The writing was exquisite, and Tolkien could find description for every nook and cranny! I would recommend to tweens, teens and adults. To be honest, you could even read it to younger audiences at bedtime, because its just a great adventure story! I am giving it 4 and a half stars…
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it!
What did you think of the Hobbit?